COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A man has been charged with vandalizing a church in Columbus and causing $100,000 in damage.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 5:45pm, Saturday, Mason Christian Mayerchak, 30, of Blacklick, entered the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 555 N. High Street and refused to leave.
A caller to 911 told dispatchers that Mayerchak appeared intoxicated and was destroying the cathedral.
When officers arrived on scene they observed glass all over the cathedral and saw Mayerchak pulling a stained glass window apart.
Mayerchak is accused of damaging a church pew, gospel stand, gospel book, vestment, altar candle sticks, tabernacle, incensor and stand, processional fans, gospel cross and a $40,000 stained glass window.
Ilias Zervas is a member of the church. He is stunned by what happened.
“I heard and I read about it. I was surprised. I was shocked. Honestly it’s just a sad thing,” said Zervas.
Police continue to investigate and Mayerchak has been charged with vandalism.